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- 1 Cataract,Ontario,Canada
- 2 Events Near Cataract,Ontario,Canada
- 3 Government of Cataract,Ontario,Canada
- 4 History of Cataract,Ontario,Canada
- 5 Map of Cataract,Ontario,Canada
- 6 Population of Cataract,Ontario,Canada
- 7 Books and Publications About Cataract,Ontario,Canada
- 8 External Links for Cataract,Ontario,Canada
Welcome to Cataract, ON, Canada!
Cataract is a hamlet located in south central Ontario, Canada named after the local waterfall. The Cataract is a popular destination for cyclists, hikers and Nordic skiers. The eastern section of the Elora Cataract Trailway begins in the hamlet of Cataract located in the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail has a section that will bring the hiker to a bridge and platform to view the waterfall.
The Elora Cataract Trailway is a 47 km linear greenland and section of the Trans Canada Trail system which follows an historic railway line joining two major watersheds, the Credit River and the Grand River. The Elora Cataract Trailway was originally the route of the Credit Valley Railway. The main line was constructed in 1879 between Toronto and Orangeville. The Cataract to Elora branch line was also built in 1879. In 1883, the Credit Valley Railway was incorporated into the Ontario and Quebec Railway, and the following year it was leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway. It operated as the CPR's Elora subdivision until 1988, when it was abandoned.
The Cataract waterfall plunges 21 metres and is located on the Credit River within the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. According to Mark Harris "The waterfall is a nice example of the plunge class, with a resistant caprock projecting well over top of the weaker rock layers below. " Visitors can view the ruins of the concrete remains of the old hydro-electric power plant and grist mill. According to Stephen Wagner "A stairway takes you down to the top of the falls, and a platform gives you a somewhat obstructed views of the falls. They are trying to fight erosion and the area around the platform is closed off, so trying to get a closer view would be inconsiderate."
To find a current listing of events in Cataract, Ontario, please visit:
municipal government web site:
Established in 1855, the hamlet of Cataract had a woollen mill, sawmill, grist mill, broom factory, stave and barrel plant, a brewery and two hotels. One of the hotels was a four star restaurant in the 1980's and 1990's providing accommodations called the Cataract Inn. The building is now privately owned by Garth Turner.
Cataract was booming in the late 1800s thanks to three quarries employing 400 men to extract stone that was used in several noteworthy structures, including Toronto's Casa Loma, old City Hall, the provincial legislature at Queen's Park and some of the buildings of the University of Toronto. Some local residents call the waterfall Churches Falls.
The Cataract is also called Churches Falls.(photo © Mark Harris, Waterfalls of Ontario)
Find a map of Cataract here.
Waypoint: 43.82131N 80.02238W
Population density: (per square kilometre)
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(Statistics for Caledon the governing town of Cataract from StatCan in 2006)
Caledon (Hardcover) by Nicola Ross (Author), Gord Handley (Photographer). Publisher: Boston Mills Press (Nov 1 1999) ISBN-10: 1550463012 ISBN-13: 978-1550463019 Buy now on Amazon.ca
Waterfalls of Ontario by Mark Harris (Author), George Fisher (Photographer) Publisher: Firefly Books; 1 edition (July 5 2003) ISBN-10: 1552977676 ISBN-13: 978-1552977675 Buy now on Amazon.ca
- "About ECTA". The Elora Cataract Trailway Association. Oct 23 2010.<http://www.trailway.org/trail.html>.
- "Bruce Trail Caledon Hills Section Highlights". Oct 23 2010. <http://brucetrail.org/places/6>.
- "Hiking Map near the Cataract". Caledon Hills Bruce trail Club. <http://www.caledonbrucetrail.org/caledonmap.htm>.
- "Cataract". Real Estate Information by Michele Skawski. Oct 23 2010. <http://www.liveincaledon.ca/4a_custpage_52541.html>.
- "Cataract Falls". Waterfalls of the Great Lakes Region and Beyond. gowaterfalling.com. Wagner,Stephen. Oct 23 2010.<http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/cataract.shtml>.
- "Churches Falls".Waterfalls of Ontario.ca. Harris, Mark. Oct 23 2010. <http://www.start.ca/users/mharris/waterfalls/churches-falls.html>.
- "Elora Cataract Trail". ontariotrails.on.ca. Oct 23 2010. <http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/elora-cataract-trail/>.
- "Forks of the Credit Provincial Park". Province of Ontario, Canada. Oct 23 2010. <http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/fork.html>
- 'Planning & Development Heritage Office". Town of Caledon. Oct 23 2010. <http://www.town.caledon.on.ca/townhall/departments/planningdevelopment/heritage_office.asp#_Brief_History_of_the%20Town%20of%20Caledon>.